Canada announced that the popular Canada all-program Express Entry immigration pool draws will resume in July 2022.
Since late 2021, Express Entry draws were only from Provincial Nominee Program candidates. Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and also Canadian Experience Class can now expect future draws to include their applications.
These programs were suspended from Express Entry pool draws because of severe backlog in applications processing. Their renewal is crucial to Canada’s effort to boost its labour force and economy after the pandemic.
Canadian businesses are scrambling to fill hundreds of thousands of vacant positions with foreign skilled workers. Bringing back these programs will accelerate current applications and boost new ones.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in a statement:
“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire for new jobs, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth. Immigration will be crucial to address our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country while providing more opportunity for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”
Summary of Canada All-Program Express Entry changes
Express entry draws, permanent residence applications resume
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
In July 2022, the temporary pause on Canada All-Program Express Entry pool draws will end. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says the majority of new applications to these renewed will be processed within the six-month service standard.
Qualified candidates can also apply for permanent residence again in July 2022.
Importantly, applicants for permanent residence no longer need to stay in Canada while IRCC processes their applications.
Applicants who apply for open work permit while IRCC processes their permanent residence application will get work permits valid to end of 2024.
And also, family members the candidate’s permanent residence application will be eligible for open work permit.
What is Canada All-Program Express Entry?
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur regularly, but approximately every two weeks.
In each draw, Canada issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approves your application and you complete the landing process. Thereafter, you are officially a Canadian permanent resident.
To enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.
You do not need a job offer to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However, IRCC awards additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points to those who already have a job.
Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200. It is generally determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your
- work experience
- educational background
- ability to adapt, and as well as,
- language skills
Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
Express Entry Quick Steps
- Create an IRCC profile/account to apply for Canada visa online
- Check your application status
- Check application processing times
How Express Entry works
Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible
There are two ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:
- answer a few questions to see if you meet the minimum requirements
- read the detailed requirements for each program
Step 2: Get your documents ready
You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry.
However, note that some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.
Step 3: Submit your profile into Express Entry pool
Basically, your Express Entry profile is where you give IRCC information about yourself.
A key point specifically if you’re married or have a common-law partner. One of you must be the main or principal applicant.
To clarify, this person is the ONE to submit a profile and list the spouse or partner in it.
Your principal applicant should be the one of you most likely to:
- meet the eligibility requirements
- earn the most points in the selection factors (if applying under the Federal Skilled Workers Program)
- earn the most points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System
If you’re eligible, IRCC will accept you, and register you into the Express Entry pool of candidates.
You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using the CRS points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.
- Quickly Check your CRS score with our simple FREE CRS Score calculator.
- THEN use the more detailed official Canada government CRS Score form for Free.
- THEN create your official Canada government Express Entry Profile.
Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for Canada permanent residence
IRCC will send Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool.
If IRCC invites you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.
IRCC processes complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.
How to improve your Express Entry CRS score
An Express Entry candidate typically needs a CRS score of 470-490 points in a regular draw.
To emphasize, to get to these higher scores you need to maximize your points on all available factors.
- Presentation for skilled foreign workers
- Express Entry factsheet for candidates
- Summer 2015 – Presentation deck from employer engagement sessions
Documents for Express Entry Profile
To emphasize again, you need certain documents at different stages of the Express Entry application process.
You don’t need to upload documents to submit a profile. However, you may need information from some or all of these documents:
- passport or travel document
- language test results
- education credential assessment report if
- you’re applying through the Federal Skilled Workers program, or
- you want to get points for the education you got outside Canada
- provincial nomination (if you have one)
- written job offer from an employer in Canada (if you have one)
Documents for your application for Canadian permanent residence
Most importantly, you must upload the documents referenced in your profile.
Most applicants will also need to upload the following:
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.